Tiffany Haughn (Founding Artistic Director) has been a teacher and choreographer in the Washington, D.C. dance community for over ten years. Ms. Haughn has been on the faculty of George Washington University, George Mason University, The University of Mary Washington, Northern Virginia Community College, BalletNova (previously Arlington Center for Dance), Workhouse Arts Center at Lorton, Ballet Royale Institute, The Dance Institute of Washington, Florida Community College of Jacksonville, Episcopal High School of Jacksonville, Flint Hill School, Levine School of Music, Arena Stage and The Virginia Ballet Company. She is currently teaching dance at Joy of Motion Dance Center and has been chosen for Who’s Who Among American Teachers 4 times. Ms. Haughn was resident choreographer for CrossCurrents Dance Company before starting DancEthos in 2010. Her choreography has been presented in the DC area at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Dance Place, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Joe’s Movement Emporium, Woolly Mammoth Theater, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Carter Barron Amphitheatre, The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, The Dorothy Marvin Betts Theater, Harris Theater, and The Jack Guidone Theater at Joy of Motion. She was hailed in The Washington Post for creating work that “shines through” and as “having a knack for inventive ensemble work”. In New York, her choreography was presented at Dance Space Center, The Bridge, and New Dance Group Arts Center. She has performed with The Lindt International Ballet, Saltare Dance Company, Jennifer Walker & Company, Threshold Dance Company, and as a guest performer with CrossCurrents Dance Company. Ms. Haughn graduated magna cum laude with departmental and university honors from Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida, with a B.F.A. in dance and a B.A. in psychology. She earned her Masters of Fine Arts degree in dance at George Mason University.
Carolyn Kamrath (Assistant Director) began her dance training at San Ramon Valley Dance Academy in California and went on to graduate summa cum laude from The George Washington University with a B.A. in Dance and Economics. She continued her studies with an M.A. in Arts Management from American University. She is the Communications Director for Dance Place, a nonprofit studio and theater located in Washington, DC. Carolyn has continued her choreographic work, after presenting multiple pieces at GWU and AU, creating new works each season for DancEthos at venues such as Dance Place, Joe’s Movement Emporium and Workhouse Arts Center. She has taught dance at the University of Mary Washington and Camp Arena Stage, and performed in works by Dana Tai Soon Burgess, Melanie George, and Tiffany Haughn, among others. Carolyn is a former member of CrossCurrents Dance Company. Prior to joining Dance Place, Carolyn served as Marketing & Database Intern at CityDance Ensemble Inc., as Development Intern at Joy of Motion Dance Center and as Project Assistant at Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company.
Jenny Flemingloss (Production Manager), originally from Port Huron, Michigan graduated with highest honors from the University of Michigan with a BFA in Dance in 2008. She has performed nationally and internationally with companies such as Umbigada Dance Company, Sarah Council Dance Projects, The Median Movement (formerly AlexanDance), People Dancing and Next Reflex Dance Collective. She has also presented several original works throughout the state of Michigan and in Washington, DC. Behind the scenes, Ms. Flemingloss has acted as lighting designer and stage manager for projects by The Median Movement, Chameleon, and Cora Dance in New York City and for several works at the American Dance Festival in 2009. Ms. Flemingloss now works at the Kennedy Center in the finance offices and is very excited to be continuing her dancing life working with DancEthos.
Colleen Hutchings graduated from George Mason University in 2004 with a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Women’s Studies. She is excited to be working with DancEthos. Over the years Colleen has had the opportunity to work with Next Reflex Dance Collective, Anomos Motion, A.O. Movement Collective, and CrossCurrents Dance Company. She has performed in pieces choreographed by David Parsons, Tiffany Haughn, Debby Kanter Klaus, Darcy Mandell, Sarah Hixon, Roxann Morgan, Kate Skarpetowska, Danny Buraczeski and her own work. When she’s not dancing, Colleen nurtures her other passions: politics and feminism. After time working for the Democratic Party and multiple pro-choice organizations, Colleen is proud to be a part of the Environmental Working Group.
Meg McDermott joined DancEthos in December 2010. She trained with the Payne Academy in the Woodlands, Texas with former Houston ballet members Jim and Bridget Payne, performing classical ballet roles. In college, she transitioned to modern dance at Emory University, where she was a member of the Emory Dance Company for four years. Meg has performed at ACDFA and various festivals, as well as site specific works, including the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Meg loves dancing outside, yoga, and any opportunity to move. In her other life, Meg works as a consultant at the World Bank.
Elizabeth Odell Catlett, originally from Kentucky, began dancing with The University of Louisville Dance Academy under Charles Bronson and Cynthia Bronner. In high school Elizabeth was accepted into Kentucky’s Governor’s School for the Arts and Regional Dance America’s Craft of Choreography Conference. Elizabeth’s passion for teaching, choreography, and performance lead her to Radford University where she earned a B. S. in Dance Education. Elizabeth has performed classical roles in ballets such as Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Les Corsaires, Raymunda, and has also worked with contemporary artists Danah Bella, Margaret Devaney, Deborah McLaughlin, Micheline Heal, and Jana Hicks. Elizabeth studied in New York City as an intern at Steps On Broadway and was a Ballet Instructor for Brooklyn Jewish Dance Institute. She is currently on staff with the Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and happy to be dancing in Washington, D.C.
Vanessa Rowan trained with the New Jersey Ballet and Washington School of Ballet. She performed at the Paper Mill Playhouse with the New Jersey Ballet and at the Warner Theater, George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, and the College of Southern Maryland with the Washington Ballet. Vanessa also performed in “Sleeping Beauty” with the Mariinsky Ballet at the Kennedy Center. Throughout high school, Vanessa studied at the Arlington Center for Dance (now BalletNova) and Joy of Motion while attending the Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts in Dance. She graduated cum laude from Muhlenberg College (Allentown, PA) in 2008, having majored in dance and accounting. Vanessa taught dance at DC Dance Collective and the Muhlenberg Community Dance Center. Vanessa graduated from the College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA) in 2009 with a Master of Accounting and currently works as a tax accountant at a public accounting firm. She continues to take class at Joy of Motion and is excited to be with DancEthos for another season!
Dora Shick graduated from Smith College in 2005 with a B.A. in Government and soon after moved to Washington, DC. She took her first modern dance class at Joy of Motion Dance Center in 2006 and enjoys continuing to study there. She has performed with CrossCurrents Dance Company and is excited to now be working with DancEthos. When not dancing, she works as Development and Membership Manager at the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) – the membership organization that unites, represents and serves the nation’s state arts agencies.
Mandy Swann studied dance at Florida State University and has continued her training in ballet and modern with the Joy of Motion Dance Center in Washington, DC. Mandy earned a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University and serves as an international health specialist, providing technical leadership and management to a portfolio of projects in Africa focused on HIV/AIDS prevention and improving community-based nutrition and food security strategies. She is excited to be working with DancEthos to continue exploring her passion for dance (in between trips across the Atlantic)!
Nathan Victoria is the Director of Member Engagement and Student Initiatives for NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the leading voice for student affairs administration, policy, and practice. He works with volunteers of the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program, regional leaders, and new initiatives for engaging members of this professional association for college and university administrators. While at Wesleyan University, he was a double major in dance and psychology. Instead of pursuing his dancing psychologist career, he earned an M.Ed. from University of Vermont in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration. Although dance will not be a career for Nathan, he is glad to have found a community to still explore this art.
Donnie Walker started his dance career in college, teaching ballroom dance at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Charleston, SC. After moving to Washington DC, he decided to branch out into other dance styles and started studying jazz, modern, and ballet at Joy of Motion Dance Center. Since then he has performed with independent choreographers, Jazz Dance DC, CrossCurrents Dance Company, and is now currently dancing with DancEthos.
Rick Westerkamp graduated with honors from The George Washington University in 2010, earning a BA in Dance and Theatre. While studying at GWU, Rick performed in works by Sean Curran, Anthony Gongora, Tiffany Haughn, Heather McArdle, Juliette Mapp, and Jodi Melnick. Rick danced with UnevEnlane for a season, performing at The Kennedy Center, Dance Place, and in Lexington, VA. He has also performed as a guest artist with Next Reflex Dance Collective at Dance Place. Rick is also a company member, and managing director, of darlingdance company, with whom he has performed in the Capital Fringe Festival, Chicago Fringe Festival, and The Atlas Theatre. Rick is also pursuing a career as an actor, and has performed with The Apron Theatre Company, Landless Theatre Company, and The Dolce Revolution Project, as well as in The Capital Fringe Festival and The Source Theatre Festival. Rick teaches dance and theatre classes, and has taught at The Sitar Arts Center, The DC JCC, and Round House Theatre Company. He is both excited and honored to be dancing with DancEthos!!